Learning Activity – Delving Deeper Into the History of Photography.

Learning Activities

The Daguerreotype :

The Daguerreotype process was where it all started in relation with modern photography. Invented by Louis-Jaques-Mandé Daguerre and introduced worldwide in 1839.Viewing a daguerreotype is unlike looking at any other type of photograph. The image does not sit on the surface of the metal, but appears to be floating in space.
The process involves a polished sheet of silver-plated copper to a mirror finish, treating it with fumes that make the surface sensitive to light. it was exposed in a camera for as long as was deemed necessary , wich could be as little as a few seconds for something that was brightly lit by the sun, however much longer with less lighting.


Daguerreotype of Louis Daguerre in 1844 by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot

The Tintype :

The tintype were the most popular around 1860s – 1870s.Tintypes were usually made in a formal photographic studio like the daguerreotypes and other early styles of photography, later they were most commonly made by photographers working in booths or at fairs and carnivals, as well ass by what became the first street photgraphers (sidewalk photographers). A tintype could be developed and fixed, then handed to a customer only a few minutes after the photo was taken.

BeaverCoatsA late 1800’s tintype of two young men
wearing beaver coats.

Esquire magazine published 31 portraits of attending actors at the sundance film festival, using the tintype way of photography. The photographer, Victoria Will, won an award for this photo series.

The Carbon Print :

The carbon print is an image that consists of pigmented gelatin, rather than silver and other metallic particles. its is the first kind of popularized photography that had pigments and colours.they also lasted longer, as the earlier styles of photography tended to have fading photos after just a few years.The process can produce images of very high quality which are exceptionally resistant to fading and other deterioration.It was developed in the mid 19th century in response to concerns about the fading of earlier types of silver-based prints.


Thomas Annan — Probably a Glascow street scene c. 1868.1877

I was also assigned to write and research for a practical assignment. Here is a link to the PDF as well as some links to the inspiration and sources used for this written assignment.

Written Assignment : George H.Ray
Inspiration : Vintage Mugshots from the 1920`s
Source : 35 historical mug shots with astonishing stories.

Thank you for reading.  – J

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